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Solved - Oddkins by Dean Koontz

Discussion in 'Book Search & Suggestions' started by Rabbie, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. Rabbie

    Rabbie New Member

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    Hello. I just registered and I don't know where to turn. Not sure how much help I'll get here but worth a shot.

    I cannot find what I am looking for. It is a children's fiction book, I received it as a gift when I was around 8 or 9. I can't remember what it was called, and I do not know who the author was.

    I cannot scrape the illustrations in this book from my mind. I had forgot about it until I started to remember the gloomy illustrations. It was a book about toys where the toys came to life. They were on a mission for something and I remember there were evil toys that were out to get them. Kinda looks like they are walking through central park in NY or something. There was a small bear I think, possibly an elephant, I know throughout the course of the tale one of them get's injured badly and is repaired. Something about stuffing for the toys.

    I am trying so hard to pull these memories. The book was a hard cover fairly large and possibly had a white border with the AUthor's name in huge print accross the top. It was a very cool book and the illustrations are still burned into my head. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or could ask me any questions that would trigger me to possibly remember more or help locate a copy or at least a picture of it. I received it in the late 80's and I have since lost it.

    Maybe toys or dolls in the title. ANy help is greatly appreciated. I cannot rest until I figure this out.

    THanks
     
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    Ronny Well-Known Member

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  3. Rabbie

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    Thanks for the reply unfortunately that is not it. It had much darker illustrations then that. It is along the fines lines of being called a children's book. It sort of reminds me of that story where the kid goes into his closet and ends up going to that island of monsters.

    I am sorry I can't give a better description on the book. All I know is that there was maybe 5 to 6 main characters and then these evil toys that were out to stop them from getting to a toy store or a families home. Please guys keep trying I searc the internet for about 15 minutes everyday relating to this book and I still cannot find it.
     
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    Is it 'The Mouse and his Child'? About clock work mice that venture and have a bit of a hard time. I haven't read in a while, but I remember it is a fairly dark story. There are a few illustrations.
     
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    The repair bit does sound familiar but I am lost, was it quite famous in the 80's???
     
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    This sounds a lot like "The Plucker" by Brom. It has very dark illustrations and a Jack in the Box was the main character who tried to defeat the evil things who were trying to control the boy/owner of the toys. I think there was a bear who's stuffing was ripped out by the evil ones. It was a pretty large hardcover book also.
     
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    Good grief, as Charlie Brown would say. I had a quick search for The Plucker, and it certainly looks dark. Have a look here.
     
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    It certainly does! :eek:
     
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    Nope. Completely different story. Thank you though.
     
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    Rabbie New Member

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    I don't beleive so. It was late 80's. It was such a cool book.
     
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    That was very, very close as far as the way the art work looked but not it. If I saw the cover for the book or any illustration from it whatsoever I would be able to recognize it.
     
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    Nope. But thank you.
     
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    Oh and I just remembered, at one point in the book the toys get cornered by a cat/stuffed cat and they hide in a sewer.
     
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    Could it have been "Oddkins" by Dean Koontz?

    it was released in 1988 and sounds similar to what you're looking for. I haven't read it in ages, so I can't be sure. The cover sounds right too.

    if you search on Amazon, you might be able to find it. It's out of print now.
     
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    We have a winner! Thank you so much! That was it! I did a Google image search and the first pic was the cover!

    ODDKINS!!!!

    Had no idea it was Dean Koonntz! Thank you so much!
     
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    Holy s*%#! No kidding. Now there is a book at first glance at least I would not recommend for children to read or even most adults for that matter.
     
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    That book looks creepy. I want it!
     
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    YAY! I'm so glad I could help :)

    It's a bit creepy, but quite good. Good luck finding a copy!
     
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